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Expand Article # 2042 You Call That Work?
Q. (See question 2041 above on water that was used to perform work). Why is water that "worked" by turning a water motor, different from any common water whose volume was measured by a water meter. After all the water "worked" by making the meter ....


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Expand Article # 2041 Kosher Water Power
Q. I own a water powered motor that I use to open and close the suka roof on Shabbath and Yom Tov. The water used is not wasted, it ends in a pool that we use as a mikva for men, (it is connected to a rainwater bor). Since the water performed work, ....


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Expand Article # 2040 Learning the Walk Before the Run?
Q. Is one allowed to study other religions for the sole purpose of being able to be mekarev and bring back the ones that fell and converted to them?

A. Rambam (Avoda Zara 2: 2) mentions that "many books were written by idolaters t ....


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Expand Article # 2039 With Gusto or Disgusting?
Q. (see question above) If the majority of people consider the food repugnant, but to this individual it is not, can he eat it or would he transgress on the prohibition of bal teshaktzu?

A. P'ri Chodosh (Y.D. 84: 3) based on the Mis ....


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Expand Article # 2038 No Harm No Foul
Q. Is it permitted to sell or feed someone food that is healthy and not contaminated, but disgusting and loathsome by its origins, if the fellow that eats it is totally unaware of it? (e.g. food that a rodent ate some separate part of it, and was n ....


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Expand Article # 2037 Knowledge on the Fruits of Trees for Women
Q. Do women have the minhag of eating fruits on Tu Bishvat as men do (after all it is time dependent)?

A. Nitei Gavriel (Purim 4: 11) quotes Darchei chaim Vesholom (831) and others, that women follow this minhag similarly to their spou ....


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Expand Article # 2036 Attent to the Tent
Q. Re- questions 2034-35 above. Does a solid tent that meets size requirements and is used during the summer months at a cottage for additional sleeping quarters, require a mezuza? Does it matter if the door is slanted, and not vertical? Should a br ....


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Expand Article # 2035 Snowed Inn
Q. My kids build almost every year an igloo to play, eat and enjoy there games with their friends. Since we live in Montreal, the igloo stays up for usually 3 months or more. We want to join them for fun this year and offer a kidush for our friends ....


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Expand Article # 2034 Shed Some Light
Q. Does a shed used in the backyard for storing a lawn mower, bicycles, water hoses etc. require a mezuza? Do you say a bracha?

A. Talmud (Yuma 11a) presents different opinions in regard to a beis haotzros or a storage structure if it i ....


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Expand Article # 2033 Old Wine in New Bottles
Q. Wine decanters have become a popular gift for a Shabbos or Yom Tov table. The reason to use this specialized bottles is to decant an aerate the wine. (Many young wines can be tight or closed on the nose or palate. As the wine is slowly poured fro ....


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Expand Article # 2032 The Fire-Millionaire Questionnaire
Q. Is it true what they say that after suffering a fire one acquires wealth? (Noch a sreifa vert men raich - Yidish).

A. Likute Harim (2: 88) comments on an unusual occurrence. After a fire in which people frequently lost everything t ....


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Expand Article # 2031 Searching For An Intelligence Answer
Q. My ex-yeshiva bochur friend, is a specialized forensic accountant that works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He expertly searches and traces funds that could be used for terrorism purposes or other illegal activities, that include t ....


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Expand Article # 2030 Just Take a Look
Q. Re- prior question 1985 - You also mentioned that the other side of a mechitza is not part of the shul, and people davening there are not part of the minyan. However, in many shuls men daven there when there is no women and the Rabbis seem to agr ....


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Expand Article # 2029 Silent Partners
Q. On question 1989 you mentioned that" Rema (O.H. 156: 1) rules that Gentiles unlike Jews, who believe and serve G-d, are not proscribed from serving at the same time other gods, since they are not prohibited in believing in "shituf " or the partn ....


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Expand Article # 2028 Lost on Translation
Q. In the beginning of Devarim is says that Hashem told Moshe to explain the Torah during the last forty days of his life in seventy languages.
Why were they required to hear the Torah in all languages that they probably didn't even know? Wha ....


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Expand Article # 2027 I See The Light
Q. If during Havdala the electric room lights are off, but the people on the corners of the large room can hardly benefit from that light, should they light another candle and repeat the bracha after Havdala?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. ....


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Expand Article # 2026 The Smell Test
Q. If many people are present when Havdala is said and it would take a long time, probably more than the time it takes to recite the complete Havdala, for everyone to smell the besamim, what should be done so it will not be a hefsek?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2025 Keep Their Name
Q. (See question 2014 above). Would it be recommended that if the name given to an institution, was given "Leilui Nishmas" of one of his relatives, the donor should agree that at least those names, without any surnames, so anonymity is kept, should ....


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Expand Article # 2024 Clear His Name
Q. Someone donated a large sum to an institution and was therefore granted that his name should be given to it. Years later, the donor decided that he does not want the institution to carry his name anymore and it should be removed. Is he entitled ....


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Expand Article # 2023 Play Your Cards Right
Q. (See question 2022 above). Can someone staying in a hotel during Shabbat give the plastic card key for opening the room-door to a friend that uses that card key on Shabbat? The holder of the key uses tape on the lock of his own door, to avoid usi ....


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